Turmeric and curcumin – what is the difference?

Curcumin vs. turmeric. What is the difference between curcumin and turmeric?

I was among those who mixed those two. I will explain you now so that you wouldn’t mix it anymore.
Turmeric is the spice extracted from the root of the plant Curcuma Longa. Turmeric is very popular in India and Asia and it is used in many meals of their traditional cuisine. 

Curcumin is the most active component of the turmeric spice. It possesses a very powerful anti-oxidizing and anti-inflammatory effect.

In short, turmeric is a whole while curcumin is a part of the whole and quite a small part of it which doesn’t exceed five percents.

That’s why organic supplements producers try to augment the quantity of curcumin by extracting it from turmeric root. However, they face a serious problem – it becomes not very digestible. To increase the digestibility pepper extract and other enhancers (bromelein, bioperine, lecitin, etc) are added to curcumin supplements.

Some producers still produce the pure curcumin as this kind of curcumin is capable to stay in the large intestine for a longer period of time, hence it is effective for the intestines related pathologies.

How can we use this knowledge now?

Now we can choose the best curcumin supplements for ourselves.
If you want to use the turmeric spice as a prophylactic measure, then it is better to purchase just the turmeric powder and to add it to food. Or you can check my simple recipes with turmeric here. It will still be effective and together with pepper and other spices it will also be digestible.
If you need the turmeric to be highly effective, then pay attention to curcumin supplements.
If you need the curcumin for inflammatory bowel disease treatment, choose curcumin supplements without any pepper extract.

For any other cases, use the standard curcumin supplements with pepper or bioperine extract or any penetration enhancer.


Stress and fatigue. How to reduce stress and fatigue factors and stay healthy and calm.

Stress and fatigue. How to reduce stress and fatigue factors and stay healthy and calm.

The modern life rhythm is very fast and we need to keep moving quickly in order to fit it. Whether we can or can not fit it, we feel stressed and tired. Stress has already become the inseparable part of our life and this is the natural reaction of a body for the nervous tension, negative emotions, work overload and situations difficult to solve. 

Let’s understand how it works. Stress increases the heart rate, leads to heart and headaches, damages your nervous and immune system and leads to insomnia. In its turn insomnia leads to the constant fatigue.

What are the symptoms of stress?

  1. The constant feeling of irritation even without the reasonable reasons

  2. Depression, the lack of desire to do anything, the constant desire to sleep or vice versa – insomnia. We can’t fall asleep easily as we continue thinking about everything when we go to sleep, it seems that our head will burst now

  3.  The decrease of the concentration level, headache, stomach ache, inability to take a deep breath, panic attacks

  4. The lack of appetite or devouring of food.

    If you recognize any of these states, then it is something to consider. Personally I have been going through these circles many times.

    Is there a way out?

    Surely, there is. Those who have pets at home might be more lucky then others. If I feel down, I pet my cat! Cats take away all your bad emotions. If you don’t have any pets, you can do anything which makes you happy.
    Don’t forget to be positive!

    Go to sleep early and before going to sleep take a relaxing bath.
    The air in your bedroom should be fresh and cool.
    Take a habit to leave all your problems at the threshold of your home.
    Make sport and get involved in mediation or yoga classes
    The food must be light and highly digestible.
    Take herbal natural stress relief supplements.

    What should the best stress and anxiety supplements contain?

    In my opinion the best anxiety and stress-relief supplements should consist of the following ingredients:

    Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, magnesium, Omega-3, zinc. And herbal organic supplements such as passionflower, lemon balm, chamomile, ginseng, lavender flowers, mint, valerian root and turmeric (curcumin).